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Things to do in Dublin

Dublin might be the music-centric city in the world. Sure, more famous musicians have come out of New York or London or L.A., but those cities are so big and with so many other industries present, they dwarf the music scene. And, Nashville seems more corporate in its approach.

Austin might be the only city to give Dublin a run for their money. Especially since the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World has lifted its ban on busking.

Music is everywhere in Dublin and you can get your fix by stopping in one of the many pubs that offers live music, by seeing a concert in a more formal setting, or tracing the steps of one of the famous musicians who got their start here.


U2 is one of the most popular bands in rock and roll history. All four members are Dubliners (Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. were born here, Edge and Adam Clayton moved to Dublin with their families as very young children).

The members of U2 started as a punk band called Feedback in 1976. They changed their name and were signed to Island Records a couple years later and released their first album “Boy” in 1980. Worldwide success soon followed with classic releases like “The Unforgettable Fire” and “The Joshua Tree.” To date, the band has sold over 50 million records.

Although a walking tour of U2 sights no longer operates in Dublin (it ceased operations a couple years ago), many sights linked to the band are still around like St. Fintan’s High School where Feedback played their first gig, or the East Link Bridge which is features in the (Pride) in the Name of Love video, or the Grand Canal Docks where the cover for “October” was shot.

A couple spots not to miss are the Little Museum of Dublin with its small but interesting U2 display and the Clarence Hotel which is owned by Bono and The Edge. The Octagon Bar in the hotel is upscale just like the hotel, but fans might want to camp out at the bar because members of the band sometimes hang out here when they are in town.

The band’s website has done an outstanding job of listing all the best U2 sites in Dublin along with descriptions of their importance, hours, etc. Essential.

Van Morrison

Thin Lizzy

James Joyce

The exterior of the Bloom’s Hotel has a giant mural featuring Leopold Bloom and Buck Mulligan.

Irish Freedom



Dublin’s hipster enclave

Day Trips




Dublin Airport (DUB)

International airport with direct flights to North American, Hong Kong, the Middle East, and most major cities in Europe.

Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Light rail services Dublin and her suburbs.


The city has an extensive bus system but it can be slow and delayed due to frequent traffic jams.


Dublin’s tram system isn’t extensive, but is fast and efficient.

Leap Card

Card can be loaded with money and used on DART, DublinBus and Luas.

Dublin Bikes

Hundreds of bike rental stations throughout the city.


Fab Food Trails

Food tour of Dublin (also does a food tour of Cork).

Kilmainham Gaol

Historic prison where many Irish Nationalists were executed after the Easter Rising.

Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland

The Proclamation Sculpture

Near Kilmainham Gaol, a stark and upsetting memorial to those executed after the Easter rising. Rowan Gillespie also created the famine memorial.

Inchicore Road, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin General Post Office

Site of the 1916 Easter uprising.

O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland

Arbour Hill Cemetery

Final resting place for many leaders of the 1916 Easter uprising.

Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin, Ireland

Garden of Remembrance

Dedicated to those who died for the cause of Irish Freedom.

Parnell Sq., Dublin 1, Ireland

Famine Memorial

Stirring sculptures remember those lost to the 19th century famine.

St Stephen's Green Park, North Dock, Dublín, Ireland

Jeanie Johnston

Replica of a “coffin ship” used to transport Irish migrants across the Atlantic.

Custom House Quay, Dublin, Ireland

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Interactive museum of the Irish emigration experience.

The Chq Building, Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin, Ireland

Irish Family History Center

Genealogy consultation included with ticket price. Get the combo ticket with EPIC if visiting both.

The Chq Building, Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin, Ireland

Poolbeg Lighthouse

Lovely views of Dublin, especially at sunset.

S Wall, Poolbeg, Dublin, Ireland

Authenticity Tours

Guided tours of Trinity College, some include the Book of Kells.

Trinity College Old Library

The Book of Kells and Proclamation of the Irish Republic are on display.

Grafton St., College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Dublin Castle

Dublin’s Medieval castle.

Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland

St. Stephen’s Green

One of the best green spaces in Dublin.

Grafton St, Dublin 2, Ireland

National Gallery

Home of a Caravaggio masterpiece and 30 works by Yeats. Permanent collection has free admission; open late on Thursday.

Merrion Square West & Clare Street, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin City Gallery (The Hugh Lane)

Impressionist works and Francis Bacon’s studio are highlights.

Charlemont House, Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin, Ireland

Jameson Distillery Bow Street

Whiskey tasting and tour at the former distilling site.

Bow St, Smithfield Village, Dublin, Ireland

Guinness Storehouse

The #1 attraction in Dublin. Book online to save over 25%.

St James's Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland

Irish Whiskey Museum

You’re in Ireland, what did you expect?

119 Grafton Street, Dublin, D02 E620, Ireland

The Little Museum of Dublin

Quirky museum’s artifacts include James Joyce’s death mask and a room dedicated to U2.

15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland

Dark Land Tour

Adults only interactive storytelling experience of Irish folklore in the National Leprechaun Museum.

Twilfit House, Jervis St, Dublin, Ireland

Sweny's Pharmacy

Famous as the location in Ulysses where Leopold Bloom buys “sweet lemony wax.”

1 Lincoln Place, Dublin, Ireland

Oscar Wilde House

Playwright’s childhood home is a museum.

1 Merrion Square W, Dublin, D02 NH98, Ireland

Statue of Oscar Wilde

Lived in England, buried in Paris, but born in Dublin, so the city claims him as a favorite son. Statue is across from his boyhood home.

Corner of Merrion Square Park, Dublin, Ireland

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Built on the spot where St. Paddy supposedly began baptizing the Irish. Jonathan Swift’s remains are here as well.

21-50 Patrick's Close, Off Clanbrassil St., Dublin, Ireland

Marsh’s Library

Some of the oldest books in history. Near St. Patrick’s.

St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland

Phoenix Park

Huge (1750 acres!) park for walking, relaxing, or playing soccer.

Parkgate St., Conyngham Road, Dublin 8, Ireland

Christ Church Cathedral

One of the most beautiful churches in Ireland.

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland

Ha’Penny Bridge

Iconic and photogenic bridge.

14 Bachelors Walk, Wellington Quay, Dublin, Ireland

Phil Lynott Statue

Statue dedicated to the great Thin Lizzy frontman.

Harry St, Dublin, Ireland

Joker’s Chair

Memorial to famous Irish comedian Dermot Morgan.

Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland

Fr. Pat Noise Memorial Plaque

Plaque dedicated to a man who never existed erected by a fake organization. Great Irish humor.

O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland

Smock Alley Theater 1662

Theater with a wide variety of productions.

6-7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland

Food and Drink

Murphys Ice Cream

Best ice cream in town. Sorbet made with distilled Irish rainwater.

27 Wicklow Street,, Dublin, Ireland


Vegetarian and vegan restaurant.

19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin, Ireland

The Yarn

Pizza and booze well done on both counts.

37 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin, Ireland


Rotating vendors provide a wide variety of food and drink.

09-10 Richmond St S, Dublin, Ireland


Vegan fish and chips (in the Eatyard). Their slogan; “Give Fish a Break.”

09-10 Richmond St S, Dublin, Ireland

The Greenhouse

Michelin starred Scandinavian restaurant. Reservations required.

Joshua House, 21 Dawson St, Dublin, Ireland

Chapter One

Michelin starred restaurant worthy of a splurge. Vegetarian menu also available.

18-19 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin, Ireland

Gallagher’s Boxty

Great place for Colcannon.

20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

High end fine dining experience.

The Merrion Hotel, 21 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin, Ireland

Sova Vegan Butcher

Don’t be fooled by the name, this is a vegan restaurant that makes plant-based versions of meat dishes like sirloin steak.

51 Pleasants Street, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland


Pizzeria specializing in vegan pies (meat options, too).

Royal Exchange 6 Parliament Street, Dublin, Ireland

Blazing Salads

Tasty salad bar and soups.

42 Drury Street, Dublin, Ireland


Lots of locally sourced ingredients.

18 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland


Retro restaurant and gaming parlor with lots of classic video games and pinball machines.

72-74 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland


Lunch and pre-theater menus are a good value at this Michelin recommended restaurant.

11 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland


Indonesian restaurant in Temple Bar.

1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin, Ireland

Queen of Tarts

Excellent bakery and breakfast spot. Two locations.

3 - 4 Cow's Lane Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland

The Fumbally

Lots of local and organic ingredients; they like fermentation, too.

Fumbally Lane, Dublin, Ireland

Gaillot et Gray

French style wood fired pizza.

59 Clanbrassil St Lwr, Dublin, Ireland

Umi Falafel

Best falafel in town. 3 locations.


Sandwich shop and coffee house with locally roasted beans.

16 Mary's Abbey, North City, Dublin, Ireland

Paulie’s Pizza

Excellent Neapolitan pizza.

58 Grand Canal Street Upper, Dublin, Ireland


200 year old pub with traditional interior.

9 South Anne Street, Dublin, Ireland


Craft beer with a 90’s alt-rock soundtrack.

30 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland


Pub with live entertainment 7 nights a week.

78 Camden Street, Dublin, Ireland


Classic pub with a nice outdoor seating area.

139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland

Fallon & Byrne Wine Cellar

A wine bar in Dublin? Yup, and a mighty good one, too.

11-17 Exchequer St, basement, Dublin, D02 RY63, Ireland

John Kavanagh - The Gravediggers

Next to a cemetery, thus the name. Excellent Guinness.

1 Prospect Square Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin D09 CF72 Ireland


Authentic Dublin pub with the best Guinness in town. JFK visited here in 1945.

8 Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2, Ireland


The place to watch rugby and enjoy a pint.

129 Capel Street, Dublin, Ireland

The Long Hall

Definitely old school. Been in business for over 250 years.

51 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

The Black Sheep

Owned by Galway Bay Brewery. Craft beers on tap.

61 Capel St, Rotunda, Dublin, Ireland


Pub where locals gather.

31 Fleet St, Dublin, Ireland

The Cobblestone

A drinking pub with a music problem.

77 King St N, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland

Stag’s Head

Live music pub renowned for its hospitality.

1 Dame Ct, Dublin, D02 TW84, Ireland


Live music every night. Where the Dubliners group got their start.

15 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland

Doheny & Nesbitt

150 years and still going strong. One of the most famous pubs in Dublin for good reason.

5 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland

Old Royal Oak

Locals’ hangout. The real deal.

11 Kilmainham Ln, Dublin, Ireland

The Brazen Head

Ireland’s oldest pub dating to 1198 (!)

20 Lower Bridge St, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 WC64, Ireland

Arthur’s Jazz and Blues Pub

Right next to the Guinness Storehouse, so the pints are fresh. Music upstairs.

28 Thomas Street West, Dublin, Ireland

The Temple Bar

Dublin’s most famous and touristy bar.

47 / 48 Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Vintage Cocktail Club

Refined cocktail bar. Reservations required.

15 Crown Alley, Dublin, Ireland

Confession Box

Friendly pub where Michael Collins used to hang.

88 Marlborough St, North City, Dublin, Ireland


Stoneybatter pub.

6 Stoneybatter, Arran Quay, Dublin, Ireland

Octagon Bar

In the Clarence Hotel owned by Bono and The Edge of U2. Band members sometimes hang out here.

6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Ireland


Irish Design Shop

High quality Irish housewares, crafts, and gifts.

41 Drury St, Dublin, Ireland

Ulysses Rare Books

The place to dig for that rare James Joyce edition.

10 Duke Street, Dublin, Ireland

Sheridan’s Cheesemongers

Great Irish cheese.

11 South Anne Street, Dublin, Ireland

Avoca Handweavers

Irish woolen scarves, throws, and wraps.

11-13 Suffolk Street, Dublin, Ireland

Claddagh Records

The shop for Irish music.

2 Cecilia Street, Dublin, Ireland

Open Air Art Gallery

Artists display their work for sale every Sunday.

Merrion Sq. W., Dublin 2, Ireland

Icon Factory

Artists Co-Op with unique art pieces and souvenirs. Check out the street art nearby.

3 Aston Place, Dublin, Ireland

Connolly Books

Book store with radical politics as evidenced by the name.

43 E Essex St, Dublin, Ireland

Temple Bar Square Book Fair

Open air book fair every weekend. Music, too.

Temple Bar Square, Cearnóg Bharra an Teampaill, Dublin, Ireland